Qualcomm is expected to announce its latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC globally in early May. The chip comes at a time when Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered smartphones are struggling with overheating and throttling issues. The new chip is said to be based on TSMC’s 4nm fab and deliver better thermal and battery performance than its predecessor.
The reports also state that Xiaomi will be among the first brands to debut this chip on their smartphones. This could be pointed towards the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, which has leaked a number of times now. As per the leaked specs, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will pack a 6.7-inch QHD+ curved E5 AMOLED panel with a variable refresh rate. The panel can cycle between 1 and 120Hz, making it battery efficient.
The phone is expected to come with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS3.1 storage. On the optics front, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra is expected to come with a quad-rear camera setup, placed in a circular manner, something that has been seen on Huawei and Honor flagships. The phone could feature a new 50MP custom Sony sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 16MP telephoto zoom, and a temperature sensor. On the front, we could see a 20MP selfie shooter.
From the Xiaomi 12 Ultra renders that were leaked recently, the phone seems to lack the secondary display that was first seen on the Xiaomi 11 Ultra. Other features on the phone include Dolby Vision and Audio support, stereo speakers, 120W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. The phone could be juiced by a 4,700 mAh battery. Lastly, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra is expected to be announced sometime in late May or early June.